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Mr&Mrs G.'s US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Andrea
Beneficiary's Name: Richard
VJ Member: Mr&Mrs G.
Country: Ireland

Last Updated: 2022-07-28
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Immigration Checklist for Andrea & Richard:

USCIS I-130 Petition:      
Dept of State IR-1/CR-1 Visa:    
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Ireland
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent : 2017-03-15
I-130 NOA1 : 2017-03-21
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2017-12-15
NVC Received : 2018-01-08
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2018-01-17
Pay AOS Bill : 2018-01-17
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 : 2018-01-17
Receive IV Bill : 2018-01-26
Pay IV Bill : 2018-01-27
Send IV Package : 2018-02-10
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2018-02-27
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2018-04-17
Interview Result : Administrative Review
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result: Approved
Visa Received : 2018-05-09
US Entry : 2018-09-18
Comments : Entry through Dublin airport US preclearence. I went to border security as normal and presented my packet, asked to come to another room and take a seat. Big room with a lot of people being brought through this part for secondary checks on their reason for travelling to the US.

Waited about 40 minutes and then was called, two female officers asked more friendly questions than anything to do with immigration. It took about 15 minutes for them to complete so in total 55 minutes. All in all a very pleasant experience.

For anyone entering through preclearence don't forget to allow that extra bit of time for the "interview" part.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 269 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 392 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Raleigh NC
Date Filed : 2021-08-27
NOA Date : 2021-08-27
Bio. Appt. : 2021-10-26
Interview Date : 2022-07-27
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2022-07-27
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Dublin, Ireland
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 11, 2018
Embassy Review : Went for my spousal interview with my wife, on the day they would not let her in with me because they said they have no room for family members. Citizen services to the left and visas to the right, only 6 or 7 seats. I was very surprised how small it is, they run a queue with poles and webbing and thankfully it was quiet when I was there. Called to to the window for document check, immediately told I would not get approval on the day because there was no expiry date on my medical. Then told to have a seat, (No seats) so I stood for about an hour waiting to be called to the two Windows for the interview stage. It's so small and there is no privacy, one family were being interviewed and the female officer kept screaming through the intercom do you not speak English. Everyone waiting looked very uncomfortable and embarrassed for the family, we could hear every word as it echoed through the room.

Around an hour wait and it was my turn, no privacy and I found the officer slightly aggressive. His questions were more to do with my American wife and what she has been doing since living in Ireland and what she would be doing when she returns. Not an enjoyable process at all and then I got a 221(g) to present proof of continuing income and a couple of other smaller things. The embassy is impossible to get someone to talk to on the phone and all communication is by email. But after three weeks I had provided them with everything they needed and my visa was issued.

Such a small space I would hate to be doing a spousal visa when the embassy is packed with students looking for J1's.

There was a recent article is Irish Central (online expats) that said embassy staff were being extra difficult because there is no current American ambassador to Ireland. I'm not sure that is the reason but I didn't see too many happy faces (staff or applicants) during my visit to the embassy

Rating : Moderate

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